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March 26, 2021 - 2:20pm

It’s that time of year again. The annual March Madness games are here, and anyone watching the men’s NCAA tournament last Monday knows that the Maryland Terrapins have (unfortunatley) been eliminated from the competition.

Ramana Sriwidya
March 3, 2021 - 12:54pm

Internship recruitment – those two words take the utmost priority for MBA students in the fall and spring semester of their first year. From rehearsing the Tell Me About Yourself (TMAY), to fine-tuning résumés and practicing behavioral interview questions, most students find it demanding to balance the internship recruitment process and the program’s rigorous course load.

For international students, there’s an added wrinkle, with the list of U.S. companies willing to offer sponsorships for specific roles being slightly more narrow and, therefore, a bit more competitive.

February 19, 2021 - 12:26pm

Netflix released the third season of “Cobra Kai” last month, and it quickly became one of the streaming service’s biggest shows. A sequel series to the popular “Karate Kid” movies of the 1980s, “Cobra Kai” attracted many fans with its combination of action, comedy and nostalgia.

As an MBA with an interest in marketing, I've been watching the story, and the story behind the story.

African American woman sitting in a hat wearing a green blouse in front of a laptop. Photo by Brandy Kennedy.
February 5, 2021 - 9:45am

How coming together virtually makes pursuing an MBA a little less lonely.

yellow flower in the middle of leaves
January 29, 2021 - 10:29am

We’ve all heard that there is a place and time for everything; one of those things being vulnerability. Like many others, I used to believe that being vulnerable was equivalent to showing weakness. However, after reading numerous articles, watching talks by author and podcaster Brené Brown, and learning about psychological safety in my Leadership and Teamwork class, I realize I had it all wrong. Presently, I sing the tune that vulnerability is strength. Truth is, it takes courage to reveal parts of ourselves that may go against our self-presentations.

December 11, 2020 - 2:08pm

It is almost the end of 2020 and we all know what that means; it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. We’re all familiar with the typical resolutions that get thrown about, exercise more, lose weight, save money, et cetera. And while those are all fine and good goals, I wanted to throw out a few different ideas this year that could be helpful for business students who are on the job search.

New Year’s Resolution idea:

December 7, 2020 - 6:29pm

Even to the naturally introverted like me, being in a purely virtual world for a full-time MBA program is not ideal.

Group Zoom Picture
November 25, 2020 - 10:26am

In a world where “Star Wars,” “The Office” and ugly sweaters can all be part of the holiday gathering, I am here to say, affirmatively, that virtual holiday spirit is real and alive. On Friday, I attended the very first signature event of the academic year, MBA Community Happy Hour, planned by our fearless MBAA vice president of signature events, Niharika Gupta. She collaborated with the PTMBA Association to provide the full-time and part-time MBA students an opportunity to network and get to know each other through a fun gingerbread decorating competition.

my takeout Diwali lunch
November 13, 2020 - 10:09pm

I recently had the opportunity to attend a virtual Lunch and Learn event about the major Indian holiday, Diwali. Last year, the on-campus Diwali celebration was one of the highlights of the academic year, so I was very excited to participate in more festivities this semester. Event attendees were given gift cards that they could use at a nearby Indian restaurant of their choice, so we could all share a virtual Diwali meal. Personally, I went with an order of butter chicken, samosas and the mango/yogurt drink, lassi (it was delicious). 

November 2, 2020 - 6:53pm


Challenges excite me. They push me beyond my comfort zone so that I’m able to realize what I’m truly capable of. They allow me to grow and stretch with lessons learned along the way. Making way for growth means saying yes to opportunities, including the ones that seem daunting at first. My latest challenge was completing a case competition in 24 hours. With a big yes, I registered and never looked back.



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